X-Message-Number: 23809
From: "Paul Pagnato" <>
Subject: The Computer  Ate My Vote Is Rocking
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2004 12:06:26 -0700

TrueMajority - A Computer Ate My Vote

Pass it on & join.....


TrueMajority's "Computer Ate My Vote" My Vote is Rocking! 

      Yellow "TrueMajority" shirts crowded the Marlyand Senate gallery last 
      week. Read about the victory, below: 
Here's a sampling of what they're saying about us: 

Associated Press: "'There's such an easy, reasonable, inexpensive solution to 
this problem,' said Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and 
president of TrueMajority.org, the advocacy group funding the ads. 'Just have 
the machine print out a receipt, just like an ATM does.'" 3/19/04

Newsweek: ".touch-screen systems should include printers that generate ballots 
for verification. Six other states have jumped on the bandwagon, spurred in part
by a campaign on the Internet called 'The Computer Ate My Vote.'" 3/29/04 

Washington Times: ".questions about the integrity of electronic voting have been
generating significant concern, reflected in recent newspaper ads run by the 
advocacy group TrueMajority.org." 3/22/04

TrueMajority members have sent tens of thousands of faxes and e-mails, bought 
full-page ads in major newspapers and shown up in person at press events by the 

State-by-state reports:


  - On March 18, TrueMajority ran a full-page ad in the Baltimore Sun calling on
  two specific legislators to move the voter-verified paper trail bill out of 
  their committees. The next day, one of the lawmakers announced her conversion 
  to the paper ballot cause and the bill passed out of her committee. An 
  Associated Press story about the TrueMajority ad and the Maryland voting 
  machine issue ran in papers all the way to Kansas City.

  - Just this past weekend, more than 1,500 TrueMajority members in Maryland 
  sent their names to the sponsor of the legislation, asking that they be read 
  out on the Senate floor, and dozens of members came to the Senate one evening 
  earlier this week to pressure the legislature in person. The bill passed 
  unanimously the following day. On to the House!


  The Miami Herald covered the March 6 press conference TrueMajority members 
  held in the state capital, and TrueMajority ran a full-page ad in the Palm 
  Beach Post. Driving the point home, TrueMajority members hand- delivered 
  copies of the ad to the legislators.


  After Pennsylvania TrueMajority members turned out for a press conference on 
  March 10, the Philadelphia Weekly ran an in-depth news story on the issue and 
  our campaign. A crowd of TrueMajority members marched straight to the 
  Philadelphia Inquirer with a letter to the editor on computer voting signed by
  50 people, which was also published that week.


  In California, a bipartisan team of lawmakers is calling for that state to 
  require paper ballots for this November's election , which is even sooner than
  the deadline already set by the California Secretary of State. California 
  TrueMajority members soon will weigh in there.


  In Ohio, a committee of lawmakers is considering whether to reject the pending
  purchases of paperless voting machines. Each member of that body received 
  e-mails from 2,147 TrueMajority constituents this week.


  The drumbeat of national media coverage continues. Both the New York Times and
  the Washington Post published editorials supporting a voter- verified paper 
  trail. Vanity Fair featured a nine-page article on the voter- verified paper 
  ballot movement, and Newsweek's story was a big step forward.

Let's be clear-as with all fights worth waging, there are powerful forces that 
don't want the voter protections we're after. Time is on their side, as they run
out the clock to the November election. But this is an issue that many elected 
officials understand. The media is with us. And grassroots pressure has shown to
be effective.

There's a lot left to do, but all of us should be proud of what we've 
accomplished together so far.

I'm happy to be in this with you,

      Ben (Ben & Jerry's) 
      President, TrueMajority.org

PS: For more information about our campaign, check out 

For more information about computer voting systems, check out 
www.verifiedvoting.org or www.calvoter.org/votingtechnology.html#resources.

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